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  • Gay Catholics Tell Synod to Promote Chastity – for Everyone

    10/03/2015 4:13:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/3/15 | Ann Schneible
    Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA).- Same-sex attracted Catholics who have turned away from a homosexual lifestyle are urging participants at the upcoming Synod on the Family to defend the Church's teaching on chastity for everyone – including for divorced and remarried. “I fear that chastity does not have enough of a voice at the Synod,” said Rilene Simpson, a member and spokesperson of Courage, an apostolate which offers pastoral support for men and women with same-sex attraction. She told CNA: “We need to have the Church’s support.” “We're talking about chastity for everybody. We're talking about...
  • Cardinal Kasper Gears Up For Vatican Synod: "You Are Born Gay"

    10/03/2015 4:05:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/2/15 | Thomas D. Williams
    On the eve of the Vatican synod on marriage and the family, progressive German Cardinal Walter Kasper has come out publicly against doctrinal “fundamentalism” in the Church, while expressing his hope that the synod will open a “dialogue” on contraception for Catholics and reconsider the situation of homosexuals. At a recent launch in Rome for his new book Witness to Mercy, the Cardinal complained of those who want to close off dialogue on certain issues as if they were settled forever. In his book, released to coincide with the opening of the synod, the Cardinal deals with a number of...
  • African Prelates Urge Clear Teaching on Marriage in New Book

    10/02/2015 8:16:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    In another new book released just before the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, ten African prelates call for a clear and vigorous affirmation of Catholic doctrine on marriage and the family. The book, entitled Christ’s New Homeland- Africa, emphasizes the need to resist the pressure of secularization in Africa; the prelates argue that the African continent will play a critical role in forming the Church’s response to secularization. In one of the featured essays, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, critiques the instrumentum laboris, the working document for the Synod. He says that...
  • "God, or Nothing!”: Exclusive Interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah

    10/02/2015 6:27:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/1/15 | Diane Montagna
    Talking about mercy, sin, participation in the Church, and the urgent need to respect the Holy EucharistROME — The prodigal son left home in order to say, “I’m independent, I’m autonomous from my father,” and his father wants to forgive him. But if he doesn’t return home, he can’t be forgiven. And returning home means leaving sin behind. This was just one thought shared by Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, who spoke exclusively to Aleteia at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last week. Appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2014,...
  • The Folly of Comfortable Christianity (Ecumenical Thread)

    10/01/2015 4:45:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-01-2015 | Bishop Pitirim
    On diluted Christianity, the rapid spread of Islamization, new “European values”, hatred for true Christianity, and where it all may lead. Bishop Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadjikistan     “Comfortable Christianity is not wanting to carry your cross.” —Your Eminence, what are the “comfortable Christianity” and “pink Christianity” you talk about in your sermons that we publish on our site []? Could it be said that comfortable Christianity is the spiritual illness of our times? —What did the Lord say? Take up your cross and follow Me. This is the meaning of Christianity. Comfortable Christianity is, first of all, not wanting to...

    10/01/2015 6:22:25 AM PDT · by knarf · 22 replies
    FB ^ | October 1, 2015 | knarf
    I just received this and considering the escalation of muslim aggression, I have every reason to believe we, in safe America, MUST be prayer warriors
  • INTO THE BREACH (An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men...) [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    09/30/2015 5:02:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | 9/29/15 | +Thomas J. Olmsted
    I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ: Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes.The world is under attack by Satan, as our Lord said it would...
  • Nearly 800,000 Sign Appeal Calling on Pope Francis to Clarify Church Doctrine

    09/30/2015 7:05:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/29/15 | Edward Pentin
    A petition of nearly 800,000 signatures from individuals and associations around the world including 202 prelates was presented to Pope Francis today, calling on the Holy Father to issue words of clarity on the Church's teaching on marriage and family. The “filial petition”, which has received 790,150 signatures since the appeal was launched in March, reflects concerns emanating from last year’s Extraordinary Synod. The appeal expresses concern about “widespread confusion” arising from the possibility that “a breach” had been opened within the Church at last year's meeting, one “that would accept adultery—by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to...
  • Gay Catholics Urge Synod Fathers to Reject ‘Harsh Language’

    09/30/2015 6:56:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/30/15 | Staff Reporter
    Appeal comes in briefing paper sent to English bishops attending family synodGay Catholics have sent a briefing paper to the two English bishops attending the family synod next week, urging them to reject “harsh” language about homosexuality. The LGBT Catholics Briefing Paper resulted from a reflection day, sponsored by the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, held in June 2013. The briefing paper is addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and Bishop Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton and chairman of the bishops’ conference Committee for Marriage and Family Life, who will be at the synod which opens on Sunday....
  • Compassion: The Refugee Crisis

    09/29/2015 2:30:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | September 29, 2015 | Julie Machado' data-summary=''>While watching the movie The Good Lie about refugees from Sudan last weekend, I couldn’t help thinking about how vulnerable one must be as a refugee;  to have absolutely nothing, not even the basic necessities of life. It is not even to be dependent on another for these necessities, but to be looking for another to give them to you. It was poignant to see the depiction of Sudanese children surviving amidst death all around them, hunger, disease and unspeakable violence.This reflection was, of course, very relevant since I live in Europe and that is all we hear about...
  • Dissenters Express High Hopes for Synod

    09/29/2015 6:56:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/28/15 | Edward Pentin
    Meanwhile orthodox-thinking Catholics to reassert Church doctrine with four major Rome conferences scheduled for this weekAs the Synod on the Family approaches, those pushing for radical reform in the Church — or rather dissent from established Church teaching — and those upholding the Church’s doctrine, are both making their views more widely known. Beginning with the dissenters, Swiss Vaticanist Giuseppe Rusconi has helpfully summarized their views on Pope Francis and the synod. The heterodox views of 30 individuals including Italian priests, a bishop, and a leftist politician appear in a special issue of “Micromega”, a secularist journal, published in time...
  • Flashback: A Different Sort of Papal Address to the UN

    09/28/2015 6:16:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture | 9/26/15 | Phil Lawler
    Almost exactly twenty years have passed since St. John Paul II addressed the UN on October 5, 1995. His message then contrasted vividly with the one delivered this week by Pope Francis, and the difference is not only a matter of calendar references. Notice this paragraph: As a Christian, my hope and trust are centered on Jesus Christ, the two thousandth anniversary of whose birth will be celebrated at the coming of the new millennium. We Christians believe that in his Death and Resurrection were fully revealed God's love and his care for all creation. Jesus Christ is for us...
  • Synod’s Turn To Speak. But Decisions Will Be Up To Francis

    09/28/2015 3:12:18 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Chiesa ^ | 9/28/15 | Sandro Magister
    Back in Rome after his journey to Cuba and the United States, culminating with the world meeting of families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis is now facing the much more exacting challenge of the synod that will open on October 4, the Sunday of the liturgical year on which - as if by a jest of providence - Catholic churches all around the world will resound with these words of Jesus: “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” The synod will last for three weeks, and the procedures that will be adopted have not yet been made...
  • UNTO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN: Good Christian Music

    09/27/2015 6:06:52 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    Unto the Chief Musician ^ | Unto the Chief Musician
    This is the youtube channel of a wonder Christ honoring music ensamble
  • Holy Communion for the Divorced and Remarried but not for Those Who Refuse the Church Tax?

    09/27/2015 10:37:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 9/26/15 | Fr. Tim Finnegan
    Edward Pentin's "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod" (links below) is well worth reading. It is subtitled "An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family." One commentator suggested that Ignatius Press must have insisted on the question mark in the main title and the "alleged" in the subtitle. I'm not sure this is fair. Edward Pentin does present a studiously balanced account, giving quotations and arguments from both sides. The evidence that is presented is clear enough, but it is not forced on the reader. We English are noted for understatement and it can be a...
  • China Bishops on Universal Church 'Reconciliation Mission'

    09/25/2015 6:10:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    UCA News ^ | 9/24/15
    US 'pilgrimage' coincides with state visits by Pope Francis, Xi JinpingThree bishops from the government-sanctioned bishops' conference in China have traveled to the United States to "seek reconciliation with the universal Church," religious observers say. The trip also coincides with visits to the U.S. by Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Conference President Bishops Joseph Ma Yinglin and his two vice presidents, John Baptist Yang Xiaoting and Vincent Zhan Silu, are in the U.S. for 10 days at the invitation of several universities and Church congregations. The Holy See does not recognize the bishops' conference. Bishops Ma and Zhan...
  • A New Ecclesiology for the Orthodox Church? (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    09/24/2015 6:37:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy ^ | 09-23-2015 | Seraphim Danckaert
    Orthodox Christians often find themselves answering the following question: why is Orthodoxy divided along ethnic lines into different churches? At least officially, the answer to that question has been quite clear: we are not divided; we are one Church, united in faith and worship, with an administrative structure that organizes itself along local lines, in accordance with the ancient traditions and canon law of the first millennium of Christian history. In recent years, however, there’s been a problem: while the answer given above is true in theory, it’s often not implemented in practice. Starting in the late 19th century, and in increasing...
  • Cardinal Danneels Congratulated Belgian Government for Legalizing Gay ‘Marriage’: New Book

    09/24/2015 6:40:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/23/15 | Jeanne Smits
    September 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- A new biography about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, former primate of Belgium, alleges that he “congratulated” Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt when same-sex “marriage” was made legal in the country in 2003. The book, which is coming out this week, says that while the cardinal was opposed to calling homosexual unions “marriages,” he expressed satisfaction over the disappearance of “discrimination” against LGBT couples. In an article presenting the forthcoming book by Jürgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens about Cardinal Danneels, who headed the Catholic Church in Belgium from 1979 to 2010, De Standaard quoted their allegation in its...
  • Polish Bishops Warn Against 'Divorce Mentality' in the Church

    09/24/2015 6:22:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/24/15 | Edward Pentin
    Polish bishops have issued a statement ahead of next month’s Ordinary Synod on the Family in which they firmly reassert the Church’s teaching that the Eucharist cannot be given to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and expressly warn against a “divorce mentality”. The indissolubility of marriage is “the unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church", the bishops say, quoting Mark 10:9: “What God has joined together, let no man separate.” Listing nine points of importance in the statement issued Monday, they also cite Pope Benedict XVI, Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis in addition to scripture and tradition, according...
  • Pope Francis made surprise stop at Little Sisters of the Poor to show support

    09/24/2015 8:51:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | September 23, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Pope Francis greets Sister Marie Mathilde, 102 years old, at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor community in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to support them in their court case over the contraception mandate, the Vatican's spokesman revealed. It was a “short visit that was not in the program,” Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said at an evening press conference...
  • Aleppo Prelate Reflects on His 20 Years as Archbishop, All That He's Lost in the Last 4 Years

    09/24/2015 4:20:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    "Comforting the people and encouraging them to persevere has become an indispensable effort. Helping the faithful in their distress has become a priority for me"Here is a letter from Aleppo, written by the archbishop of the city, Jean-Clément Jeanbart, reflecting on his 20 years of service here, as he now fights for his faithful to stay in Syria. The letter is made available by Aid to the Church in Need.* * * It has been 20 years, exactly. On Sept. 16, 1995, the Church saw fit to appoint me to lead the Diocese of Aleppo. It was a solemn day...
  • Baptists Excited and Hopeful About Papal Visit

    09/23/2015 6:22:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Baptist Global News ^ | 9/21/15 | Jeff Brumley
    Pope Francis' visit to the United States this week is expected to showcase the pontiff’s focus on a wide range of social, environmental and justice issues. Baptist observers say he demonstrates how to be missional in ministry. Think Catholics are pumped about Pope Francis’ U.S. visit this week? Turns out some Baptists are pretty excited, too. And those who aren’t, probably should be for a number of reasons, said Curtis Freeman. One reason is that Pope Francis I is the only Christian in the world who every other Christian and non-Christian recognizes, said Freeman, director of the Baptist House of...
  • Why the Pope's Plane Was Put Into a Holding Pattern (Hint .. POTUS)

    09/22/2015 4:44:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 22, 2015
    As the pope stalkers of the world watched his flight path on the Alitalia website, suddenly… the plane started making donuts. Several loops over North Carolina later, the pope is back on his way to D.C.:FlightAwareA source on the ground at Joint Base Andrews said several government officials told him the reason the plane started circling was that Obama and Biden were running late to the greeting ceremony. A White House spokesman disputed this account. He pointed out that the president did not actually arrive late. The Pope deplaned at 4 p.m., precisely as scheduled, and the president was on...
  • Pope blesses unborn children around the world while meeting with Cuban families

    09/22/2015 1:25:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | September 22, 2015
    Pope Francis greets a family at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral, Santiago de Cuba, Sept. 22, 2015. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. Santiago de Cuba, Sep 22, 2015 / 09:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with families on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba, thanking those gathered for their warm witness and inclusive nature, reflecting that it is at home, in the family, that Christ shows the love of God. Going off script from his prepared remarks Sept. 22, the Pope recalled that at the General Audiences held each Wednesday in St. Peter's Square,...
  • Pope deeply moved by plight of Vatican-housed refugee family

    09/20/2015 10:21:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    cna ^ | September 19, 2015 | Alan Holdren
    Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Aboard the papal plane, Sep 19, 2015 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As he began his 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States, Pope Francis was seen off by a Syrian refugee family the Vatican is now housing through one of its parishes. The Pope described himself shortly after as “very moved.” “You could see the pain in their faces,” Pope Francis told journalists aboard the flight with him en route to Havana, Cuba on Sept. 19. They...
  • The story of Japan's hidden Christians emerges from the Vatican archives

    09/18/2015 3:59:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | September 17, 2015 | Angela Ambrogetti
    Vatican City, Sep 17, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan in the early 20th century, letters and documents showing the history of Christians in the land of the rising sun have been recently restored by the Vatican archives and library. The collection conveys the story of the persecution of Christians in Japan, a story that Pope Francis has often recalled when speaking of the "hidden Christians" who knew how to keep and pass on the faith in a time of persecution, and even when deprived of priests. The Vatican Library and Secret...
  • Vatican parish welcomes first refugee family following Pope's appeal

    09/18/2015 3:12:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    cna ^ | September 18, 2015 | Elise Harris
    St. Anne's parish in Vatican City. Credit: Author Lalupa via Wikimedia Commons 3.0. Vatican City, Sep 18, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A family of four has been welcomed by the community of the Vatican's St. Anne parish after Pope Francis' made an appeal earlier this month for every church in Europe open their doors to refugees. Papal Almoner Bishop Konrad Krajewski issued a Sept. 18 statement that the family – a father, mother and two children – have already been received. Syrian Christians of Catholic Greek-Melkite rite, the family fled their war-torn city of Damascus, and arrived to...
  • Pope reveals he carries small cross held by Iraqi priest as he was martyred

    09/18/2015 2:46:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 18, 2015 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Francis addressed the World Meeting for Young Consecrated Men and Women yesterday. Pope Francis has revealed that he keeps a small cross held by an Iraqi priest who was being beheaded for refusing to renounce his faith.The Pope began his general audience yesterday by referring to “our martyrs in Iraq and Syria, our martyrs of today”. He said: “A few days ago in [St Peter’s] Square, an Iraqi priest came up to me and gave me a small cross. It was the cross being held by the priest who was beheaded for not renouncing Jesus Christ,” he said....
  • Family Leaders Alarmed at Pope Francis’ Personal Invitees for Synod

    09/18/2015 8:38:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/15/15 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, September 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Life and family leaders worldwide are alarmed by a list the Vatican released today containing the names of those who will participate in the upcoming Synod on the Family, including a special list of 45 prelates handpicked by Pope Francis, many of whom publicly support positions contrary to the teaching or practice of the Catholic Church. “The Ordinary Synod has a heterodox agenda and many of the prelates attending it have already shown themselves either supportive of that agenda or unwilling to resist it,” stated Voice of the Family, a group of Catholic laity...
  • German Synod Father Says Church Could Give ‘Private Blessings’ to Same-Sex Unions

    09/18/2015 6:38:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/18/15 | Simon Caldwell
    Bishop Bode says the Church could do more to support people in stable unionsOne of the three German bishops who will attend next month’s Synod of Bishops on the Family has proposed that the Catholic Church might offer “private blessings” to same-sex couples. Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabruck said it was possible to see strengths as well as weaknesses in both gay relationships and in those of cohabiting heterosexuals. He said that the Catholic Church could not accept gay marriage because it understood marriage as a union between a husband and a wife that was open to the procreation of...
  • Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber On 'Finding God In All The Wrong People'

    09/17/2015 7:44:33 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    NPR Fresh Air ^ | sept. 17, 2015 | NPR
    Nadia Bolz-Weber was a stand-up-comic with a drinking problem who opened up a church for people who didn't belong. "My job is to ... remind people that they're absolutely loved," she says. Her new memoir is 'Accidental Saints.'
  • Pope Asks Cardinals to Review How the Church Vets Future Bishops

    09/17/2015 5:57:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/16/15 | Cindy Wooden
    Council of Cardinals will study the way the Church identifies and appoints bishopsPope Francis has asked his international Council of Cardinals to study the way the church vets, identifies and appoints bishops around the world, looking particularly at the qualities needed in a bishop today. The council met in Rome in the Pope’s presence from Monday to Wednesday. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said the nine-member council’s main task is to assist Francis with the ongoing reorganisation of the Roman Curia. But from the beginning the Pope said he wanted the group to advise him on matters of Church governance...
  • Synod Leader: the Church Must Include, Not Exclude

    09/17/2015 5:49:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Speaking at a diocesan conference in Sessa Aurunca, Italy, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops emphasized that the Church must “include” rather than “exclude.” In his September 15 address, which was summarized in a brief article in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri said that “the crisis of the family is due also to the hiddenness of the Church,” which is called to “listen,” “accompany,” and “include,” rather than “exclude,” so that all may experience the “incomparable beauty of matrimony.” Three serious challenges that foster an “anti-family” mentality, he continued, are “individualism and emotional fragility,” “lack of faith,” and...
  • Tender Heart

    All of us know, that when you love someone very much you want to be with the one you love. A Mother can hardly wait to hold her newborn infant. A Father's Joy is to be with his children. Friends treasure the moments they spend together. Sweethearts love so deeply they find it painful to part. We know that the more one loves, the more one wants to be with the object of one's affection. This explains the very mystery of our catholic faith the mystery of the "Real Presence". Jesus Christ stays with us day and night in the...
  • The New Annulment Norms and the American Experience

    09/16/2015 11:52:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 0/16/15 | Fr. Mark Pilon
    Pope Francis’s new motu proprio, which streamlines the annulment process, has been both praised and criticized. It is being praised because it seems to be another act of generosity and mercy by this pope and a blessing on those in bad marriages, who can now go through a fast annulment process and marry again in the Church. It is being criticized because some see it as yet another step undermining the indissolubility of marriage and Church discipline. Some who praise it also seem to think that the pope has cleverly defused some of the controversy expected to surface at the...
  • Vatican Releases List of Participants for Synod on the Family

    09/15/2015 5:37:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/15/15 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Walter Kasper and retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels are among Pope Francis's nominationsThe Vatican has released the full list of participants for the upcoming synod on the family, which will take place from October 4 to 25. Among Pope Francis’s personal nominations are Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Cardinal Walter Kasper and Fr Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civilta Cattolica. The Pope has also nominated Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, and Mgr Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto, Italy. From Belgium, retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels has been selected by the Pontiff, while Belgium has also elected Bishop Johan Bonny to attend...
  • Orthodox Rabbi . . . Says Pope Emeritus Benedict Should Speak Out Before Synod

    09/11/2015 9:01:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 9/10/15 | Peggy Moen
    ST. PAUL — Orthodox Rabbi Yehuda Levin of Brooklyn, a longtime pro-life, pro-family activist, in a September 9 telephone interview with The Wanderer said he is “calling upon the eminent Pope Benedict…to weigh in before the Synod” against same-sex marriage and civil unions, as well as “on all the negative things that are going on.” Rabbi Levin offered his view that Benedict has “got to be a fighter for this,” given “the volume of the negative stuff” and because “God and His people are under attack in a vicious way,” particularly in their efforts to defend marriage. He said he...
  • NY Times Rips Catholic Church For 'Offering Forgiveness' For Abortion

    09/11/2015 6:37:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 9/11/15 | Matthew Balan
    The long and short of Jill Filipovic's Friday op-ed in the New York Times was her outrage that the Catholic Church – and specifically, Pope Francis – still considered abortion to be a grave sin. The former Cosmopolitan political writer asserted that Pope Francis "offering forgiveness" to women who've had abortion is "a softer version of the same judgment: that the millions of women around the world who have abortions every year are sinners. Inviting women to feel shame and guilt for their abortions isn't a mercy; it's cruelty." Filipovic, who was recently recognized by Planned Parenthood for her "media...
  • Pope: Family as God Wills It - 1 Man and 1 Woman - Is Being Deformed

    09/11/2015 6:34:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 10, 2015 | Zenit staff
    Says Married Couples Must Be Missionaries in Face of 'Ideological Colonizations' Pope Francis says that in the face of "ideological colonizations," married couples are called to give testimony as a "happy family," but must also go beyond giving testimony and find concrete ways to support other couples. The Pope said this today when he addressed the Équipes Notre Dame [Teams of Our Lady], a lay movement for married couples that has spread to more than 70 countries since its founding by Father Enrico Caffarel in France in the 1940s. The Bishop of Rome called the couples, strengthened by their meeting...
  • Stable Gay Relationship is Better Than a ‘Temporary’ One, Says Cardinal Schönborn

    09/11/2015 5:06:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/11/15 | Cindy Wooden
    The cardinal says as a child of divorced parents he knows what it is to grow up in a 'patchwork family'A three-week Synod of Bishops to talk in the abstract about Catholic teaching on the family makes no sense to Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna. “We are all called to observe the situation, not gazing from above and beginning with abstract ideas, but with the gaze of pastors who scrutinise today’s reality in an evangelical spirit,” the cardinal said in an interview with Jesuit Fr Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civiltŕ Cattolica. In the early September interview, the cardinal...
  • Pastor says something 'scary' during first Presbyterian same-sex wedding ceremony

    09/11/2015 1:47:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 9/11/15 | Czarina Ong
    While Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis was dealing with prison time for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples on Thursday last week, the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) held its first same-sex wedding ceremony for partners Paul Kempf and Robb Gwaltney, who said their vows in the Presbyterian Center chapel in Louisville, Kentucky."The concept of biblical marriage is very different [from] our modern views," said Pastor David Maxwell, who also presided over their wedding. "No biblical writer would have envisioned what we think of as a good marriage today—with concepts of equality and mutuality."Charisma News editor Jennifer LeClaire...
  • Pledge of Allegiance at Philly Catholic Schools

    09/10/2015 7:39:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 9/10/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Catholic schools of the archdiocese of Philadelphia are handing out memos reminding parents of the schools' Catholic mission. The memos state things like "Attending a Catholic school is a privilege, not a right" and "By enrolling my child I commit myself to uphold all principles and policies that govern the Catholic School." Philadelphia magazine obtained a copy of the memo, seen here: The archdiocese apparently plans to have it included in all entrance exams and student handbooks. Ken Gavin, the spokesman for the archdiocese, says, "The purpose of the memo is to simply inform parents that we are Catholic schools,...
  • Cardinal Burke Had Grave Reservations on the Same Annulment Proposals Pope Francis Just Enshrined

    09/10/2015 2:03:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 8/9/15 | John Henry Westen
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio, September 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Speaking yesterday at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Cardinal Raymond Burke expressed grave reservations about the very proposals that were released the same day in Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio concerning annulments in the Catholic Church. Burke was addressing those proposals as outlined in the reports from the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family which took place last October, and not the Motu Proprio, since his prepared remarks predated yesterday’s release of the Motu Proprio. The crowd was directed to refrain from asking questions on the Motu proprio as the cardinal had not had time...
  • The Pope’s Niece Might Be on to Something

    09/10/2015 1:54:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | 8/9/15 | Ed Peters
    Pope Francis’ niece, María Inés Narvaja, thinks she understands her uncle’s interest in fast-track annulments. Yes, the lawyer in me cautions that Maria’s attributions of statements to her uncle, then-Abp. Bergoglio, are hearsay, but, we’re not in a courtroom, we’re in the blogosphere. Besides what Maria says about the future Francis is illuminating. Maria recalls that she (or her intended?) applied for an annulment but was told by Argentine Church officials that her case would take four years. She reacted with a young-woman-in-love’s “pffft!” and announced that she would marry civilly. Per María, her uncle endorsed the idea. Maybe, maybe...
  • Why I do not recommend Kendrick Brothers' new movie, "War Room", part 1

    09/09/2015 8:21:42 AM PDT · by fishtank · 33 replies
    the-end-time blogspot com ^ | 8-31-15 | Elizabeth Prata
    ....Yes, it's true that when one submits to God, we will be blessed, but the biblical Stephen was 'blessed' with a vision of heaven before the last killing stone crushed his head. Paul was 'blessed' with a thorn in his side which tormented him God called sufficient grace. Peter was 'blessed' with a long career preaching in a persecuting world that ended with martyrdom on a cross. Facing the Giants bought into and promoted every Western Christian cliche imaginable. I would like to have seen the coach get fired even if he had won the championships. Or what would have...
  • Expedited annulment process focuses on speed, role of local bishops (Catholic Caucus)

    09/08/2015 2:05:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 8, 2015
    Pope Francis stresses new reforms “do not favor the nullifying of marriages but the promptness of the processes.” Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 2. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Vatican City, Sep 8, 2015 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a revamped marriage annulment process Pope Francis has made some significant changes, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and declaring the process free of charge. Announced Tuesday, the new process is aimed at streamlining the system for granting annulments out   of concern “for the salvation...
  • ‘Forgive’ Divorce, Canon Lawyer Urges

    09/08/2015 6:47:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 81 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | 9//6/15 | Michael Swan
    Bishops who attend the Synod on the Family in Rome next month should find a way for divorced and remarried Catholics to be forgiven and allowed back into the communion line, urges one of the most senior and respected canon lawyers in Canada. Writing in the summer issue of the influential American canon law journal The Jurist, Msgr. Roch Pagé suggests “granting a consat of divorce,” similar to that found in some Orthodox Churches, to Catholic couples whose marriages fail. In Eastern Orthodoxy, if Church authorities are satisfied that all reasonable efforts to salvage a marriage were made, and that...
  • Rules to be Severely Changed for Upcoming Synod in October

    09/07/2015 9:36:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 9/7/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At Monday Vatican Andrea Gagliarducci has news about changes to be made in the procedure for the upcoming Synod in October. Last year the organizers of the Synod changed rules in order to more easily ram through their agenda. This year is no different. Look what they are going to do. My emphases: […] Some well-informed people say that the 2015 Synod will be completely different from any other. First of all, a midterm report will not be released. Last year, the midterm report was completely revised by some of the Pope’s closest collaborators prior to its release, and the...
  • The Shadow Synod of Switzerland and Germany Has a Follow-up. In Two Books

    09/07/2015 6:24:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    L'Espresso Online ^ | 9/4/15 | Sandro Magister
    They say that the divorced and remarried and homosexual couples are not waiting for “mercy,” but for recognition of the goodness of their condition. A critical reply from the vicar of the diocese of ChurROME, September 4, 2015 - The previous article from www.chiesa demonstrated the growing resistance, on the part of numerous cardinals and bishops, to the radical changes in the Catholic doctrine and pastoral care of marriage brought into discussion with the synod on the family: First Five, Now Seventeen Anti-Kasper CardinalsBut the proponents of the changes are also very active. While the geographic epicenter of the resistance...
  • Cardinal Müller: German Leadership Risks Split in Church

    09/07/2015 6:08:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has warned against a serious split within the Church over questions involving marriage and human sexuality. Speaking in Regensburg, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said that the drive by Church leaders in his native Germany to claim a leadership role in defining policy for the universal Church should be examined critically, in light of the mass exodus from the German Catholic Church. Cardinal Müller said that the Church should not accept the secularizing trend that is most evident in Western Europe, because it is not an “inevitable natural process.” While the...